Although brother Michael often takes the most credit for his inimitable saxophone playing, trumpet player Randy Brecker
is the architect of the success story that the Brecker Brothers have been able to keep alive for over 30 years now. As the composer of Some Skunk Funk
, more or less the national anthem of Jazz rock country, he was the man who managed to bind hundreds of thousands of fans to the Brecker Brothers Band. Randy Brecker's new record, 34th N Lex
, a tribute to the New York street where he lives, has actually become a kind of Brecker Brothers reunion with brother Michael and viola player David Sanborn. During the concert at North Sea Jazz 2003, Randy Brecker will not play the music of 34th N Lex
with his brother, but with the equally talented tenor saxophonist Bill Evans
. In their Soulbop Band
we also encounter renowned names such as Dean Brown (guitar) and Ronnie Cuber (baritone sax). The career of reed player Bill Evans began almost at the time of Miles Davis' come back at the beginning of the 80s. Who does not remember the timid boy with the hair band who hardly had a dared to play the note before the old master gave his blessing? Bill Evans is now an established name, who has found his niche in the funk and soul jazz repertoire. His latest CD is called Big Fun
, of which work will also be played during the festival.